March 8, 2006 Brabus has released images and details of the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury sedan. The 340-km/h high performance automobile is based on the new Mercedes S 600 and is powered by a Brabus S V12 S Biturbo twelve-cylinder engine with 730 hp / 537 kW and a peak torque of 1,320 Nm. The Brabus S V12 S Biturbo engine is a prime example for the old adage that nothing can replace displacement except more displacement. A special crankshaft with longer stroke, forged pistons with a larger diameter and an increased cylinder bore result in a displacement increase from standard 5.5 to now 6.3 liters.
In addition the inlet and outlet ports of both cylinder heads are optimized for improved mixture flow. Four special camshafts also contribute to that same effect.
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The Brabus engine specialists further equip the engine with larger turbochargers, a more efficient intercooling system and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with four pipes and metal catalysts with low back pressure. Newly programmed engine electronics ensure that all new components work together flawlessly. They also contribute to maximum power yield and to meeting current exhaust emission limits.
With 730 hp / 537 kW at 5,100 rpm the Brabus S V12 S Biturbo engine delivers superlative power. The same is true for its peak torque of 1,320 Nm at 2,100 rpm. In the car peak torque is limited electronically to 1,100 Nm.
This extraordinary performance makes the Brabus S V12 S Biturbo into not just the most powerful but also the fastest luxury sedan in the world: 0 – 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, 200 km/h after just 11.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 340 km/h.
Power is transferred to the real wheels via a modified five-speed automatic transmission. An optional Brabus locking differential optimizes traction. All Brabus powertrain components are operated exclusively with ARAL high-performance lubricants.
Brabus also offers performance tuning for the S 600 and S 65 models. The list ranges from the T12 performance kit for 580 hp / 419 kW to the T 65 S performance tuning that boosts power output of the S 65 model to 715 hp / 526 kW.
The enormous performance of the Brabus S V12 S Biturbo place especially high demands on the vehicle’s aerodynamic properties. The Brabus designers used the wind tunnel to develop a special front apron whose refined shape reduces lift on the front axle. Its large central air inlet optimizes cooling of engine and front brakes.
For optimizing the airflow around the sides of the vehicle the designers shaped the Brabus side sills that feature integrated entrance lights for added utility.
The Brabus aerodynamic-enhancement concept is rounded out with the Brabus rear spoiler lip and the rear apron with integrated LED lights and custom-tailored cutouts for the Brabus sport exhaust with four tailpipes.
The enormous performance of the Brabus S V12 S Biturbo is kept in safe control at all times by custom-tailored solutions for tires, brakes and suspension. These include Brabus Monoblock light-alloy wheels with 20- or 21-inch diameters. The largest version features multipiece forged and highly polished Brabus Monoblock VI wheels in size 9Jx21 on the front axle and in size 10.5Jx21 in the rear. Extensive tests demonstrated Pirelli and Yokohama tires in sizes 255/30 ZR 21 in front and 285/30 ZR 21 on the rear axle to be ideal.
The large wheels also create the necessary space to install the Brabus high-performance brake system with 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers and 380 x 36-mm vented and cross-drilled discs in front, and 355 x 28-mm discs and six-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the rear axle.
Luxurious and highly customized interiors are yet another Brabus specialty. The product lineup for the new Brabus S V12 S Biturbo ranges from sill plates with Brabus logo to ergonomically shaped safety steering wheels with airbag to an exclusive Brabus interior crafted from especially soft yet Mastik leather and the finest Alcantara. The fastest luxury sedan in the world can be further refined with an exclusive state-of-the-art Brabus multimedia package.View gallery - 9 images